Tuteria: the Edutech startup set to take over Africa
Through its online platform, a Nigerian startup, Tuteria, is solving the challenges often associated with getting tutors to meet learning needs. The startup has developed an app which helps parents get teachers for their kids at home. Also, with Tuteria, individuals who wish to learn various skills or languages can hire professionals to teach them.
In 2016, Tuteria, was one of six winners of Facebook’s Internet.ORG Innovation Challenge. Tuteria won in the education impact category, with a $50,000 grant.
Speaking to Outrepreneurs on the vision that drives everything in his organization, 27 year old Godwin Benson, a Systems Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos and Co-founder/CEO of Tuteria, said: “We connect people who want to learn with those that want to teach. By virtue of the fact that Africa is a developing continent and Nigeria, with our population and the thirst to learn, there is a huge demand from people who want to learn various subjects and skills.
“Many people are able to realize for the first time, their learning goals. It has changed the way people learn and the way they go about searching for knowledge..”.
Benson added, “Trust is the most important selling point of Tuteria. We anchor everything we do on it. It means our own internal processes have been built in such a way that we can reliably say that if a tutor goes through everything we have put in place, he is someone that you can learn from and feel safe to work with.
“Beyond that, we get feedbacks from clients about the tutors and we protect both parties. If a tutor doesn’t do his job, the client can get a refund. But if a tutor has done his job, the payment is guaranteed.”
He recalled how he qui,t after six months of getting a plum job in a multinational company. “I came in to Deloitte with a first class. I was smart and productive and everybody felt they had gotten somebody that would impact positively on the future of the company.
“When I would go to work and get back home, I would immediately switch to work on Tuteria. I had not launched, then. I was at the planning and formation stage. I didn’t feel it was fair because my whole attention was focused on Tuteria while my salary was coming from another place.”
Godwin said he and his co-founder started the company from his sitting room. According to him, he almost spent everything he had on the business. It was at that point that a grant came from an accelerator. There were awards that came with cash rewards too.
“When we started, the company was funded with my own money which was about to finish. It was as if we were getting to a point where we would be stuck. The company had not even launched, but we were spending money on fuel and internet”, he says.
“But at that instant, we got a grant worth half a million naira from Niara Inspire-Africa. That was the turning point that boosted our morale and we started riding from there. We didn’t even have early angel investors but we had enough cash to keep us going for several months, through the various grants.”
Narrating his personal experience, he advised startup founders to know their strengths and weaknesses, in order not to kill their ideas or businesses.
“I had the idea, visionary skill, business sense, but I didn’t have the technical competence to get started. It was important to get someone that could supply the aspect of the business that I couldn’t supply. If I had waited to learn programming, the idea could have died. Getting a partner was the smartest thing I did. Many people didn’t go beyond the idea stage because they could not get someone who could supply the areas they are weak in.”
With enthusiasm, Benson revealed that the next big idea for Tuteria is to scale massively across the states in Nigeria and some African countries and getting investment to make the dream a reality was the next big thing.
“At the moment, we are trying to scale across the states in Nigeria. We are at the point of raising over a million dollars investment now. The future looks very exciting for us. We look forward to penetrating more into the Nigerian market and we are also adding some services. We also want to move out to other countries beginning from South Africa, Kenya and Ghana in the next one to two years.”
P.S: As at the time of writing this piece, Godwin Benson was announced as a finalist for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, by the Royal Academy of Engineering
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